The attorneys general of New York and California are investigating allegations of workplace discrimination at the NFL.
The joint investigation has allegations that female employees of the NFL have been subjected to gender discrimination and harassment. New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Rob Bonta revealed that the investigation will examine the workplace culture as well as claims made in pending lawsuits that the league has violated federal and state laws banning gender discrimination, including equal pay laws.
The investigation focuses on the league’s corporate offices, not specific teams or players.
“No person should ever have to endure harassment, discrimination, or objectification in the workplace,” James said in a statement. Bonta said he and James have “serious concerns about the NFL’s role in creating an extremely hostile and detrimental work environment.”
Bonta in a statement said his office has serious concerns about the NFL’s role in creating “an extremely hostile and detrimental work environment.”
“No company is too big or popular to avoid being held responsible for their actions,” Bonta added.
James and Bonta pointed to a 2022 New York Times story that detailed allegations of gender discrimination by more than 30 former female NFL employees. Those women described a sexist culture that continued despite Commissioner Roger Goodell’s promising reform after the 2014 release of a video that showed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his fiancee.
The NFL denied wrongdoing at the time and stated it has taken steps toward diversifying its workforce.
Another female employee who was an NFL production manager sued the league as she claimed she had been excluded from high-level meetings and passed over for a promotion. In a separate lawsuit, a female former NFL wardrobe stylist claimed she was groped and subjected to sexual remarks by numerous league employees.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.